Books by Ibn Khaldun
Interviews where books by Ibn Khaldun were recommended
Islam and the Foundations of Political Power
by Ali Abdel Razek
by Ibn Khaldun
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times
by Marshall Hodgson
Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia
by Robert W. Hefner
Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany
by J. Christopher Soper & Joel S. Fetzer
It’s widely assumed that in the ideal Muslim society there is no separation between religion and the state, but even in some of the earliest caliphates, the secular and the religious were rarely as closely aligned as religious conservatives would have us believe. Here Ahmet T. Kuru, Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University, recommends books that help trace the historical relationship between Islam and the state—and points to strands of secularism that may hold the key to a happier relationship between Islam and liberal democracy.
Embracing global history allows us to see humans with a much clearer perspective. Historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto introduces us to some of the trailblazing books in the field, starting in the 2nd century BCE.
Anthropologist and Afghanistan expert Thomas Barfield gives a panoramic view of Afghanistan, from founding dynasties to the failed central Asian states of today. He picks the best books on Afghanistan.
The distinguished Arabist, novelist and historian Robert Irwin selects five classics of Arabic literature, from the Life and Work of Jahiz (aka ‘goggle eyes’) to a strange and complex Sudanese masterpiece